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25 June 2012
The kerb-free, single surface Exhibition Road has won its third award since opening officially in February 2012.Its architects, Dixon Jones, were recognised in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards, winning the design competition to integrate vehicle and foot traffic and provide an attractive pedestrian environment without unduly compromising the road's role as a key transport link. The new-look road features a kerb-free single surface with no barriers or street clutter. Visual and tactile lines distinguish pedestrian areas from those used by vehicles. Cars are slowed by a 20mph speed limit. A stunning chequered granite design runs from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park along the full width of the road from building to building. Kerbs, barriers and street clutter have been removed improving access, particularly for those using wheelchairs, push chairs and motorised buggies. Pedestrians can now walk from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park along a newly created public space. Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: "In Exhibition Road London now has a unique streetscape that will delight its many millions of visitors and which sets a new standard for urban design."The quality of this design has been recognised by RIBA and I'd like to congratulate all associated with the project at Dixon Jones."
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